A Trip (Night)Cap at The Bund

On the eve of our eleventh day in China, there was an obvious shift in our group. We had experienced each phase of the group dynamics theories to become a solid team, or mini-university if you will, which would support the incoming class of Chinese students to the larger university we represented.

 On our way to O'Hare for our 14-hour flight to Beijing 5.17.17

On our way to O'Hare for our 14-hour flight to Beijing 5.17.17

Over two months ago, our group FORMED by the recommendations of “mysterious” colleagues. Each of us graciously accepted our nominations and began an intensive six weeks of Chinese language and culture classes. (Intense only because they were over the lunch hour...lol). A week or two leading up to the trip, and even the first few days, we STORMED through our responsibilities for the actual orientation event in Beijing. By the time we reached Shanghai for the second orientation, we established a NORM. We realized how to work together based off each delegate’s strengths.

Now, our trip was ending. In less than 24 hours, we would be reunited with the nine-to-five that brought us together only to return to our silos. But first, we would spend our last evening together on a night cruise on The Bund, a waterfront area that divides the old and new Shanghai. I sat closely with people who were once strangers to me on our large campus. We laughed and recalled some of the memories we’ve made.

The lights from the skyscrapers (or “three beauties” as our tour guide called them) were impeccable! It was indeed the perfect nightcap to our time in China.

 

**This was the final of a nine-part reflection from Shavonne's recent trip to China. You can catch up on the previous posts by clicking the links below:**

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(@vonne_kaye) is an author and the blog curator for All Things Inspiration. She enjoys traveling, fitness, movies and the arts. Pictured here with Jennifer at the Beijing National Stadium (May 22, 2017).